Theatre Espresso’s actor-educators lead both pre- and post-show workshops. Pre-show workshops prepare students to engage with the concepts and ideas to be explored in our interactive plays. Post-show workshops extend and deepen the learning, enabling students to connect their insights into historical events to modern day instances of injustice, and empowering them to develop strategies that promote tolerance and understanding in their schools and communities. Our staff collaborates with teachers on the planning of each workshop to help ensure that we meet the needs of their students.
Topics explored in the workshops include: systemic racism, ethnic divides, immigration, child labor, workers’ rights/unions, the rights and responsibilities of government during times of war, civil disobedience, and the cost to individuals who put their lives on the line to further social justice causes. We also customize student workshops on based on curricular needs.
Teacher Espresso offers customized teacher development workshops led by our experienced teaching artists. Sample workshops include:
the creative use of primary source documents in the classroom.
bringing civics, social studies, and history education alive for students.
The use of drama as a learning medium across the curriculum.
Our teacher development workshops are designed to help educators create dramatic structures that not only challenge students with cooperative problem solving, but also build confidence and encourage reflection. Participants receive a demonstration of drama methods that can be adapted to explore a range of topics the curriculum. In small groups, educators create their own drama structure, based on a topic they teach, and then practice the interactive activity on their peers. Workshops conclude with feedback for classroom implementation and a discussion of other topics that could be explored through drama.
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